Mayor and Mayoress of Woking join providers, families and practitioners at event supporting people with disabilities

September 18, 2017

The Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Councillor Graham Cundy and Mrs Sarah Cundy, attended The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Festival in Cobham, Surrey aimed at supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to lead more independent lives.

The PBS Festival was a collaborative event organised by some of the providers who have been chosen by Surrey County Council to support them with the Transforming Care agenda, Consensus, CMG, Choice Care Group and Avenues alongside Surrey CC. Others who gave up their time for free to present at the event included members of the Tizard Centre from the University of Kent, PBS4 and families sharing personal experiences.

Consensus are one of the providers recognised for their expertise and experience in PBS.

Aimed at people who support individuals with behaviours that challenge – both professionals and families, the event provided a range of learning opportunities from presentations to interactive sessions and even mindfulness walks in the woods


The aim of the festival was to provide education and an opportunity to think, discuss and network in an outside environment, different to the norm – the format allowed participants to be more relaxed, engage, learn and retain more of what they experienced.

  • Belinda Robinson, Head of Development and Partnerships (South), presented in the Think Hut sharing how Consensus have in line with the Transforming Care agenda successfully supported people to move from secure inpatient provision into community based provision developing independence, skills and friendships in their local community.
  • Gail Fisher, Lead Behaviour Practitioner, shared her expertise as a practitioner in the Conversation Street Hut
  • Colleagues from our Marketing, Referrals and Development Teams were also present to network and talk to people who visited our stand.

Consensus launched a new Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) brochure along with a case study which are also available on our Positive Behaviour Support page.

Following the event, Belinda Robinson, Head of Development and Partnerships (South) said; “This initiative truly demonstrated collaborative partnership working.  The planning of the event was a collective effort between providers working to support Surrey County Council’s Transforming Care provision.

Key positive behaviour practitioners – including those from Consensus, shared their knowledge on what good support looks like.  It was great to see a mix of providers, practitioners, and families meeting together to continue the drive for PBS where complex challenges do not need to limit a person’s life.”

It is hoped that the festival has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities and autism in the local area and beyond. We are thrilled that the Mayor and Mayoress joined, supporting us and local services in the area in relation to Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).